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I am confused by these alternatives:

  1. This picture cannot be drawn by me
  2. This picture could not be drawn by me
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  • The second is related to the active clause "I could not draw this picture." Neither of the passive versions is particularly idiomatic, though.
    – user230
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 15:23
  • possible duplicate of What is difference between "Can", "Could", "Will", "Would", "Shall", and "Should"?
    – ЯegDwight
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 15:23
  • I noticed in some grammar site that in active/passive voice conversion,modals are not changing.Hence I think first option seems to be correct.
    – Arun
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 16:11
  • The difference is the same as the difference between: "I am not able to draw the picture" and "I was not able to draw the picture"
    – Jim
    Commented Dec 24, 2013 at 16:31

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The passive voice does not change the tense. Therefore, option 1 is correct.

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